02 August 2013

He Who Refuses the 'Battle' of Parenthood: "Such a Creature Merits Contempt."

There are many good people who are denied the supreme blessing of children, and for these we have the respect and sympathy always due to those who, from no fault of their own, are denied any of the other great blessings of life.  But the man or woman who deliberately foregoes these blessings, whether from viciousness, coldness, shallow-heartedness, self-indulgence, or mere failure to appreciate the difference between the all-important and the unimportant-- why, such a creature merits contempt as hearty as any visited upon the soldier who runs away in battle, or upon the man who refuses to work for the support of those dependent upon him, and who though able-bodied is yet content to eat in idleness the bread which others provide.

--Theodore Roosevelt, Address before the National Congress of Mothers, March 13, 1905

1 comment:

traddadof4 said...

Great quote. And it goes to show how residually Catholic even the "freethinking" Puritan mainstream in America was not even 100 years ago. Now ... I guarantee Teddy's heirs are favoring gay marriage and have 1.2 children per couple .. like the Royal Family and all the otehr Protestant aristocracy c. 2013.

But also I couldnt help thinking, "Now this advice will be societally applied to gay couples". All is ruin ....